Just wanted to throw up a few pictures of our recent trip to the Pinball Hall of Fame! The place was awesome and we really enjoyed it. I love not only old pinball, but old em/arcade equipment as well, so this place is like a dream come true.
I visited the original PHOF about 6-7 years ago when it was in a little strip mall and the Pinball Circus was near the outside window (Desert UV!), but the new place blows it away in every aspect. Many machines are still a little dirty and under-maintained, but it's a small complaint for what you get. We loved it! Tim will just barely grunt when you speak to him, but the lady there (his wife?) was extremely nice, stored our bags for us out of the way, and loved talking about the place and any games we asked about!
Highlights were the Peppy the Clown (for Eve, her quote "I could play this all day!"), and of course I loved the uniqueness of Pinball Circus (this really should've been manufactured, even as redemption!). The Magic Baseball Game we both loved to death! The wedgeheads are the cleanest and best maintained pins in the place, and he has a wonderful collection of them! The new Sterns and 90's pins are mostly beat to hell and back, a good sign I guess! People love playing them! The ACDC premium and Magneto there were horrifically beat up. I mean, a good sign in that they get played to death, but wow... just a few months and they look like that? Couldn't believe it. Just shows you the traffic the PHOF gets (and a degree of lack of maintainence, wiped down every other day and new balls every week and they wouldn't look like that!).
But we arrived a couple minutes before opening, on Monday morning, and were the first people in the door.... an hour later the place was getting mildly full, and most of the row of new machines near the front had players at them. That's *Noon on a Monday*!! I can't imagine it on a weekend, but it gives a perspective on why the new machines are so damn dirty and abused looking, and why Tim can't do anything but grunt... if he did, he'd never stop talking to collectors/players who love the place and just want to chat. So I get it. It's an incredible place, all around!
My wife finally found the pinball her dad used to have (Drop-a-Card!). On one of our first couple dates Eve and I were playing pinball at South-a-Philly in St Augustine, and she told me her Dad used to have a pinball machine when she was a little kid in England, and it was a poker/card theme. LOL So yeah, that narrowed it down! After many guesses and descriptions, we narrowed it down to a wedgehead, but still that's a large group. I'd point them out at shows, and she'd be like "Hmmm, maybe... but I'm not sure!" And so when she came running back down the isle at the PHOF yelling "I found it!!" it was very cool. Gottlieb's Drop-a-Card was it. She played a few games on it and loved it "I remember the jester puking out the cards!" Needless to say, we'll be adding a Drop-a-Card to our wedgehead collection, eventually!
In short, vist the PHOF and take it for what it is, an amazing place! I wish there were more like it, all over the country... maybe it will happen as pinball keeps growing in popularity the way it has the past 5 years...
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